The owner of the latest store to open in High Street in Corby Old Village has urged people to make greater use of the shops in this historic part of the town.
Too Much Baggage, which sells luggage, travel goods and handbags, held its official opening night on July 9 but has been trading since May.
As well as customers, the launch was attended by owners of many of the other neighbouring shops and businesses which have newly opened.
Linda Tamplin, who co-owns Too Much Baggage with her daughter Shannon, said: “The aim of the evening was not just to promote my business but to let everybody know that all the shops are open in this part of the town now.
“Two years ago a lot of the units were empty but now they are all occupied and the area has been transformed.
“There are a dozen shops and businesses on this section of the High Street, and another dozen on The Jamb.
“With all the shops open here we have so much to offer local people and we are right on their doorstep.
“I and the owners of all the other shops and businesses want to let the people of Corby know we are here.”
Other shops that have recently opened in High Street include The Good Bean cafe, Much Loved, a vintage store, and The Old Village Chip Shop.
These join more established businesses such as The Junction, a men’s and women’s clothes shop, and Blondes and Brunettes, a hair salon.
Among other businesses there is a second hairdresser, opticians, newsagent, a phone repair shop and a computer clinic.
Linda said: “Corby Old Village is wonderful and I fell in love with it when I first came here in January to look at the premises.
“It is lovely and peaceful and so quaint. And I think the High Street is one of the best-kept secrets in the area.”
Linda, who moved from Luton and previously worked in the airline industry, added: “We are all sole traders here who own our businesses.
“This means we take pride in what we do and when customers come into our shops they know they will get a level of personal service they won’t receive elsewhere.”
At her shop’s official opening, Linda raised £100 for Lakelands Hospice in Corby by holding a charity raffle and donating 20 per cent of her takings on the night.